NZ NET – the New Zealand CW Net

NZ Net logoNZ Net is the national amateur radio net of Aotearoa New Zealand, operating every Monday-Friday evening.

All radio amateurs are invited to check into the net on 3535.0 kHz, starting at 2100 (9pm) NZT.

Purposes of the net

  • To encourage CW operation
  • To provide training and experience in CW net operation
  • To provide training and experience in CW message handling

How the net works

You do not have to have traffic for the net, or even be experienced in traffic handling, in order to check into the net. All check-ins are welcome, even just to say hello and exchange signal reports.

The net runs at around 20 wpm, but will slow down if necessary to match your speed.

The net is brief (less than 15 minutes if no traffic). Longer chats occur after the net has closed.

Traffic, if any, is usually exchanged on the net frequency (a good opportunity for all stations to practise copying).

CW nets use quite a few abbreviations and Q Codes, but we’ll try to stick to the most important ones. If you don’t understand something, just send “?” and we will spell it out in plain language.

Here’s an example of how a typical net would proceed.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further information, or to join our email list and receive the fortnightly newsletter NZ Net News.

– Neil ZL1NZ


NZ Net flier (Distribute at club meetings, hamfests, etc. A4 size PDF file opens in a new browser tab.)

NZ Net Guide for Newcomers (Follow along on a typical net.)

Frequently Asked Questions

NZ Net News Archive (Read our fortnightly newsletter.)

NZ Net Audio Archive (Hear traffic, trivia questions, monthly reports, entire net sessions, and more.)

CW Abbreviations

CW Prosigns

Q Signals for Amateur Radio, Including Nets [PDF]

Formal Traffic Message Format

Radiogram Forms (PDF file opens in a new browser tab.)

Further reading (a huge resource for CW operators interested in nets and traffic handling)

ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) Manual

NTS Talk (Wiki)

ARL Preformatted Messages

How to handle a “book” of messages

Radio Relay International

1987: A look at 3rd party traffic and North American traffic nets

Special thanks to Lou VK5EEE, founder of, who provided many of the ideas implemented on the NZ Net.